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Give Food

There are many people living in Australia who do not have enough food to eat. Children go to school without breakfast, families struggle to put enough on the table to go around, and people sleeping rough can't always get what they need to stay healthy.

Donating food items or parcels is a great way of helping out the community and can make a huge difference to an individual or family.

Donations of food can also reduce the growing amount of food that ends up in landfill every year, which is not only wasteful but environmentally unsustainable. (It's estimated that Australians throw away up to 20% of the food they purchase, the equivalent of buying five bags of groceries and throwing one away - that's close to 3 million tonnes of food waste per annum.)

The following organisations would greatly appreciate your support. Also, your local homeless shelter or church or school might run a drop-in centre or breakfast/lunch program. Contact them if you'd like to donate within your area.

 

SELECT YOUR STATE:

 


 

Australian Capital Territory

The Yellow Van 

Information: The Yellow Van food rescue collects excess good food which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed directly to local charities supporting the community's most disadvantaged people. The Yellow Van does not collect food made in private kitchens. The service is non-denominational and non-sectarian.  To donate food please call us Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Address: PO Box 1066 Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Phone: (02) 6288 0709
Email: theyellowvan@commsatwork.org
Website: http://food-rescue.commsatwork.org/yellow-van-food-rescue

 

Tuggeranong Salvos 

Information: If you would like to donate non-perishable food items for re-distribution to the needy, please drop them into the office during business hours.

Address: Cnr Reed and Anketell Streets, Tuggeranong, ACT 2900
Phone: (02) 6293 3262
Email: tuggeranong@aue.salvationarmy.org
Website: http://salvos.org.au/tuggeranong

 


 

New South Wales

DRUG ARM Australasia

Info: We collect donated items to pass out to our clients who are homeless or living in shelters. Our major appeal is the Winter Appeal that is held each year from June-July.

Items we currently are in need of:
  • Coffee/Tea/Milo/Sugar
  • Cup of soups (Continental style)
  • 2 minute noodles
  • Biscuits
  • Cordial
  • Bottled water

Phone: 1300 656 800
Email: adminnsw@drugarm.com.au
Website: http://www.drugarm.com.au

 

Exodus Foundation

Information:Everyday 400 needy people receive a free meal in our Loaves and Fishes Free restaurant. All the food we serve is provided thanks to the generosity of others through donations of food or cash

Address: 180 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield , NSW 2131
Phone: (02) 8752 4600
Email: AllanG@exodusfoundation.org.au
Website: www.exodusfoundation.net

 

FoodBank NSW

Information: Foodbank NSW is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation which collects surplus, salvaged and donated food and grocery products from food manufacturers, distributors retailers and distributes it via charitable welfare agencies, to people in need.

Address: 152 Newton Rd, Wetherhill Park, NSW 2164
Phone:(02) 9756 3099
Email: office@foodbanknsw.org.au
Website: https://www.foodbanknsw.org.au/want-to-help/donate-food/donatefood/

 

OzHarvest Newcastle

Information: OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food, which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the disadvantaged and at risk in Newcastle. Please note that we can only accept food from professionally catered events and licensed food caterers - not individual homes.

Address: PO Box 1014 Georgetown NSW 2298
Phone: (02) 4940 0767
Email: newcastle.info@ozharvest.org
Website: http://ozharvest.org

 

OzHarvest Sydney

Information: OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food, which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the disadvantaged and at risk in Sydney. Please note that we can only accept food from professionally catered events and licensed food caterers - not individual homes.

Address: PO Box 7257, Alexandria, NSW 2105
Phone: (02) 9516 3877
Email: foodpickup.syd@ozharvest.org
Website: www.ozharvest.org

 

QMHR Ark Mission

Information:QMHR Ark Mission is a non-Profit Organisation that assist Families & Individuals whom are in financial burden and are struggling to make ends meet and require support. They are provided with a basket of fruit and vegetables and a basket of groceries on a weekly basis. Our volunteers delivery theses on a weekly basis. Our goal is to ease the pressure on these families and individuals who are doing it hard, money these people do not have to spend on food essentials and are struggling in financial hardship. You can be sure it will go to extremely appreciative people. Every week we receive food from various Donators, however, it is not enough to cater for everyone’s needs. Our families are increasing and we require additional support and donators within and around our community. Your contribution to our mission will go a long way in making our mission a successful and long term commitment. We would be grateful, if you would be able assist by donating non perishable grocery items towards our mission.

Phone: 0414 400 028
Email: arkmission@qmhr.com.au
Website: http://www.qmhr.com.au/#!ark-mission/rxxw2

 

SecondBite

Information: SecondBite is committed to making a positive difference to people by identifying good quality nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to relief agencies providing thousands of meals for people in need.

Phone: (03) 9376 3800
Website: http://secondbite.org/donate-food

 

Vinnies Van

Information: The Vinnies Van provides friendship, compassion and dignity to those experiencing homelessness and social isolation in the Mount Druitt and Parramatta areas. It also provides food and referral. It operates 364 days per year and provided 8,790 meals last year. We offer a reliable service that provides people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness with a warm drink, snack and conversation on a cold night, helping break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer. Volunteers are able to show those in need that people do care, creating a genuine community of friends from all walks of life. Anyone can approach the Vinnies Van when they see it at Mount Druitt or Parramatta. We provide a non-judgmental service and will not refuse assistance to anyone who approaches the Vinnies Van. The service is provided free of charge to all we assist.

To make a donation, get in touch via phone or email to arrange a time to drop the donations off.

Phone:(02) 8861 9700
Email: parradio@vinnies.org.au
Website: https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/Find_Help/NSW/Food/Penrith__Parramatta_Night_Patrol/

 

Queensland

Brisbane Youth Service

Information: To meet the needs of homeless young people BYS urgently needs Non-perishable pantry items that do not require cooking: canned food and dry biscuits.

Phone: (07) 3620 2400
Email: admin@brisyouth.org
Website: http://www.brisyouth.org/

 

Capricorn Region Salvos

Information: If you would like to donate non-perishable food items for re-distribution to the needy, please drop them into the office during business hours.

Address: 131-137 Park St, North Rockhampton , QLD, 4701
Phone: (07) 4923 5600
Website: https://salvos.org.au/capregion/contact/donate-food/

 

FoodBank QLD

Information: Foodbank QLD is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation which collects surplus, salvaged and donated food and grocery products from food manufacturers, distributors, retailers and distributes it via charitable welfare agencies, to people in need.

Address: 179 Beverley St (off Lynton Rd), Colmslie, QLD , 4170
Phone: (07) 3395 8422
Email: admin@foodbankqld.org.au
Website: www.foodbankqld.org.au

 

OzHarvest Brisbane

Information: OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food, which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the disadvantaged and at risk in Brisbane. Please note that we can only accept food from professionally catered events and licensed food caterers - not individual homes.

Phone: (07) 3621 2097
Email: brisbane.info@ozharvest.org
Website: http://www.ozharvest.org

 

Secondbite

Information: SecondBite established in Queensland in July 2011, and by year end had redistributed 9.5 tonnes of fresh food to local community food programs. To donate food please fill in the contact form on the website.

Phone: (03) 9376 3800
Website:http://secondbite.org/donate-food

 


 

South Australia

Foodbank SA 

Information: Foodbank SA is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation which collects surplus, salvaged and donated food and grocery products from food manufacturers, distributors & retailers and distributes it via charitable welfare agencies, to people in need.  

Address: 377A Cross Rd, Edwardstown, SA 5039
Phone: (08) 8351 1136
Email: office@foodbanksa.com.au
Website: www.foodbanksa.com.au

 

OzHarvest Adelaide

Information: OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food, which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the disadvantaged and at risk in Adelaide. Please note that we can only accept food from professionally catered events and licensed food caterers - not individual homes.

Phone: (08) 7007 0080
Email: adelaide.info@ozharvest.org
Website: http://ozharvest.org

 


 

Tasmania

Produce to the People

Information: Produce to the People Tasmania is a community capacity, local food waste and food security project. Our ethos is “grow, gather, give”. We gather produce from backyard gardens, farms and local food suppliers and give it to those most vulnerable in our community in the North West of Tasmania. Last year we gathered over 18,000 kilos of locally grown food which helps feed on average 500 people a week via partnerships with 25 local schools, community houses, agencies such as Vinnies and the Salvos and assisted accommodation services.  

Address: PO Box 3097 South Burnie 7320
Phone: 0409 484 152
Website: https://producetothepeopletasmania.wordpress.com/free-food-hub/leave-your-produce-here/

 


 

Victoria

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Information: Food is a right. At the ASRC we are determined that none of our members goes hungry, suffers from malnutrition or is unable to feed their families. Foodbank is about survival, dignity and compassion. At the Foodbank we ensure that 'shopping' is an enjoyable, dignified and equitable process. Asylum seekers can come to the Foodbank once a week. They can select the foods that they most need and most enjoy. We run an equitable system that takes into account family size and means. This ensures that the distribution of donated or purchased food is sufficient, fair and a positive experience.

Phone: (03) 9326 6066
Email: food@asrc.org.au
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ASRCFoodbank/?fref=ts

 

Cottage by the Sea

Information: Cottage by the Sea's primary objective is to empower disadvantaged children by supportng them in developing their self-esteem, health and well-being. You can help by donating food from their wishlist.

Address:29 Flinders Street.
Queenscliff, Vic. 3225
Phone: (03) 5258 1663
Email: info@cottagebythesea.com.au
Website: http://cottagebythesea.com.au/

 

Diversitat – Asylum Seeker Food Bank

Where / How you can Donate: Donations of food accepted Diversitat Belmont office, 33 Mt Pleasant Road, Belmont - non-perishable items can be dropped off at anytime Monday-Friday 9am-5.00pm. Donations of fresh food are accepted ONLY on a Tuesday morning between 9am-11am only.

What happens with your donation: The food bank distributes food to asylum seekers and refugees within the Greater Geelong and Barwon region. We require donations of non-perishable food items to compliment the weekly delivery of fresh produce supplied by Second Bite. All unopened, within used by date, in good order, non-perishable food items are accepted. The following list are items most popular and which require a constant supply: UHT milk; Oil; Honey; rice (Sila basmati); red kidney beans; white beans; black eyed beans (white beans with black spot); white bean with red wrinkle; chickpeas; yellow split peas; green/brown lentils; salt; black pepper and spices.

Phone: (03) 5244 0070
Website: http://www.diversitat.org.au/latest-news/56-settlement-community/1815-donations-required-for-asylum-seeker-food-bank

 

FareShare

Information: FareShare, is an innovative, energetic organisation, rescuing food and fighting hunger. Since 2001 we have given away healthy, nutritious meals to the hungry and the homeless in Victoria, using food donated by businesses. By 'rescuing' food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products.
Address:1-7 South Audley Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067

Phone: 0438 560 893
Email: kellie.watson@fareshare.net.au
Website: http://fareshare.net.au

 

Foodbank Victoria

Information: Foodbank Victoria is an independent not for profit organisation that provides food relief to assist people experiencing hardship.  With more than 80 years’ experience, we are the oldest and largest food relief organisation in the state.Last year more than 800 corporate and community partners and over 4000 volunteers helped us to source and distribute the equivalent of 14.4 million meals to metro, regional and rural communities in Victoria. As part of the of the State Government’s Emergency Response and Recovery Committee, we are a leading provider of emergency food relief to the community during times of disaster.
Address:4/2 Somerville Rd, Yarraville Vic 3013

Phone: (03) 9362 8300
Email: info@foodbankvictoria.org.au
Website: http://www.foodbankvictoria.org.au

 

Freedom Care Inc.

Information: We provide a service to low income families, pensioners, and other centrelink card holders and those with a proven financial difficulty, in addition to providing breakfast and snacks to local schools. Donations of non perishable grocery items appreciated.

Address: 127C Northern Highway, Kilmore,  3764
Phone: 0411 794 188
Email: admin@freedomcare.com.au
Website: http://www.freedomcare.com.au

 

RISE

Information: The RISE Food Bank provides free dry food, fruits and vegetables for asylum seekers and refugees at the RISE Drop-In Centre every Friday. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items please contact RISE via email or phone 03 9639 8623.

Phone: (03) 9639 8623
Email: admin@riserefugee.org
Website: http://riserefugee.org/what-we-do/food-bank

 

Sacred Heart Mission

Information: Our warm, welcoming Dining Hall is the heart of the Mission and where hundreds of people come every day of the year to share a meal.The Meals Program provides hearty, nutritious meals to people who are homeless, socially disadvantaged and isolated. It is also a vital opportunity for people to reconnect and develop a sense of community and belonging.The program relies on the generous food donations, which come from a wide range of businesses across Melbourne.

Address: 87 Grey St, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Phone: (03) 9537 1166
Email: info@sacredheartmission.org
Website: www.sacredheartmission.org

 

Sea Shepherd Australia

Information: Sea Shepherd Australia are currently seeking donations of Vegan food, a full list can be found on their website. The MY Steve Irwin is currently docked in Williamstown and donations can be dropped off.

Phone: 1300 OCEANS (1300 623 267)
Email: australia@seashepherd.org.au
Website: https://www.seashepherd.org.au

 

SecondBite

Information: SecondBite is committed to making a positive difference to people by identifying good quality nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to over 70 food relief agencies providing thousands of meals for people in need.

Phone: (03) 9376 3800
Website: http://http://secondbite.org/donate-food

 

Wesley Mission Victoria

Information: Many Wesley programs rely on goods-in-kind so that they can continue their important work. Your donation of non-perishable food can make a big difference to people in our community who are less fortunate.

Phone: (03) 03 9662 2355
Email: foodforfamilies@wesley.org.au
Website: http://www.wesley.org.au/

 


 

Western Australia

FoodBank WA

Information: Foodbank WA is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation which collects surplus, salvaged and donated food and grocery products from food manufacturers, distributors & retailers and distributes it via charitable welfare agencies, to people in need.

Address: 23 Abbott Road, Perth Airport, WA 6101
Phone: (08) 9258 9277
Email: wa.info@foodbankwa.org.au
Website: www.foodbankwa.org.au

 

Food Rescue

Information: If you are a licensed restaurant, caterer, hotel, café, food retailer or wholesaler, farmers market or primary producer and don't want to see your good food going to waste, we would love to hear from you!

Address: Unit 3 / 130 Francisco Street, Belmont, WA 6104
Phone: (08) 9277 8851
Email: foodrescue@unitingcarewest.com.au
Website: http://foodrescue.com.au/

 

 

Zonta House Refuge Association

Where/ How you can Donate: To arrange for collection anywhere in Perth, please contact us. Your donation of any of the following items will be greatly appreciated: Furniture; White goods; Books; Household goods; Bric-a-brac; Clothing; Toys; Blankets; Childrens Books, Food (non perishable)-not past the expiry date please. All donations must be of decent quality.



 What happens with your donation: Women and families in need around Perth are given these items free of charge through our “Start Over Support” service. The women and families we work with have come through a major crisis (Domestic violence, Homelessness and Mental Health) and are now in transitional and permanent housing but have little to no money to fit out their house to make it a home. We give them the “start over support” they really need.



 Address: PO Box 473 Belmont WA 6984 Phone: (08) 6189 2953
Email: admin@positivepathways.org.au
Website: http://zontahouse.org.au

 

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